Good morning, Club Thrifty enthusiasts.

Yeah, yeah. I know. Half of you don’t have a clue who I am…or only know about me because of Holly’s writing. (Seriously, the turnover rate during the last 4 months has been ginormous!) I also know that Holly has been kicking some major ass at this gig all on her own. But, now that I’m not legally barred from writing on my own website, I’m back to help my wife with the site so that she can focus on freelance writing and earning more money from her side gigs. 

I Quit My Job (Twice)

Sooooo….that happened, right? Let me tell you, there is no better way to improve your self-esteem than to quit a job that you just started. If you ever want to find a way to start oozing confidence, just throw your family’s life into complete chaos. I swear, it works wonders! *insert sarcasm drip here*

For those of you who may not know, I attempted a career in the insurance and financial sales industry…and failed miserably. Although my intentions were good, I hated it. I wanted more control over my schedule and to make more money. What I got was a whole bunch of heartache and grief. While this has been the biggest fail of my life, I have learned a lot about myself and my family in the process. To celebrate my return to Club Thrifty, I thought I’d give you the gift of sharing these important insights. You’re welcome.

1) Salesmen Deserve High Pay

You may have heard that top salesmen are some of the most highly paid workers in the world. Do you want to know why that is? Good, because I’m about to tell you. It is because working in sales blows goats. This is especially true of outside sales jobs where you have to generate your own leads by pestering your friends and family to buy stuff that they don’t really want or need. Seriously, if you’ve never tried it and don’t have the right personality type, sales can be downright unbearable. I have a brand new respect for sales people of all kinds. There are only a select few that can handle this type of job. Those that can – and can do it well – deserve to get paid.

2) Being Unemployed Sucks

I also have a whole new respect for the turmoil that being unemployed can cause. Hell, I was voluntarily unemployed (twice). Its not like I was fired. Plus, Holly’s income was able to support us, so we really weren’t even feeling strapped for cash. In addition to that, there were plenty of easy ways to save money while we were living as a one-income family. Regardless, the whole ordeal still messed with my head. I’d never felt like such a failure and loser in my entire life. Fortunately, I got connections and some marketable skillz, yo! I can’t imagine what it would be like to be struggling to find a job. I’m thankful I didn’t have to find out.

3) Slow Down and Enjoy What You Have

Holly and I are go-getters. We have always had big dreams. We have always worked to find ways to make more money. However, there is definitely something to be said for slowing down and being happy with what you have. Going through this experience, as painful as it was, really made me slow down and appreciate what we already have that much more.

4) Moving Sucks

Do you remember that old M. Night Shyamalan movie The Happening starring Marky Mark? Watching that was one of the most painful experiences of my life. Still, the pain of watching that movie cannot compare to the pain of uprooting my family. Sure, our life will return to some sort of normalcy soon. However, it has been a highly emotional and traumatizing experience nonetheless.

5) My Family Loves Me

Through this whole thing, I’ve realized just how much my family loves me. Holly has stuck with me and supported me through all of it. Even my daughter comforted me the other night, saying, “Daddy, its OK. We’re all going to miss this house.” Most of all, I’ve also realized how much I love them too. Really, nothing else matters as long as we have each other…and that is just the way I like it.

So, there you have it. You can thank me later. Thanks for reading…and it feels great to be back!

Have you had any life-altering experiences lately? What have you learned from them? Let us know in the comments below!